Top 25 NCAA Football Matchups: #21 Oklahoma State/Oklahoma 11/24

Last Updated: August 12th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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2012 Top 25 College Football Games of the Year
#21 Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma (-10)

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State FootballEvery single year, the Bedlam matchup is one to watch. Points are usually all over the board, and upsets are quite frequently the norm. The National Championship picture could come into focus when these two teams meet up with one another, but for sure, the Big XII title will be on the line. The Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys truly hate each other, and that will probably never change. This year though, the game could take on an entirely new meaning with the way that the Big XII has been reformed with new teams. Don’t miss the college football odds or our Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State picks for this great clash in Rivalry Week!

Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Oklahoma Sooners Picks & Info
Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Oklahoma Sooners Date: Saturday, November 24th
Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Oklahoma Sooners Location: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Oklahoma Sooners Spread: Oklahoma Sooners -10

The Cowboys are going to know at this point in the year whether they are going to have a realistic chance of competing with the Sooners or not. RB Joseph Randle was asked to do a lot last year in pass protection and in receiving the football, but this time around, he is probably going to asked to be a lot more of a pure rusher in a fast paced offense. We know that QB Clint Chelf is going to have all the pressure in the world on his back to be able to keep up with the powerful offenses and experienced quarterbacks that the Big XII has to offer, and this is going to be his biggest challenge yet, assuming that he can nail down the starting job once and for all. He does have a good defense working for him, and though this unit has to be on the field quite a bit with the speed at which the offense operates, it is a real question as to whether the eight returning starters can really pick up the slack, especially against what is perceived to be such a potent offense.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners Past Games (Since 1995)
2011: Oklahoma State 44 – Oklahoma 10
2010: Oklahoma 47 – Oklahoma State 41
2009: Oklahoma 27 – Oklahoma State 0
2008: Oklahoma 61 – Oklahoma State 41
2007: Oklahoma 49 – Oklahoma State 17
2006: Oklahoma 27 – Oklahoma State 21
2005: Oklahoma 42 – Oklahoma State 14
2004: Oklahoma 38 – Oklahoma State 35
2003: Oklahoma 52 – Oklahoma State 9
2002: Oklahoma State 38 – Oklahoma 28
2001: Oklahoma State 16 – Oklahoma 13
2000: Oklahoma 12 – Oklahoma State 7
1999: Oklahoma 44 – Oklahoma State 7
1998: Oklahoma State 41 – Oklahoma 26
1997: Oklahoma State 30 – Oklahoma 7
1996: Oklahoma 27 – Oklahoma State 17
1995: Oklahoma State 12 – Oklahoma 0

Perhaps the reason that QB Landry Jones came back to school for his senior year was the idea of beating Okie State and winning the BCS National Championship. The two won’t necessarily go hand in hand, but after last year’s embarrassment in Stillwater, a game that was supposed to be close from the get go, you know that Jones and his offensive mates are going to be psyched up and ready to go for this one. The Sooners have 15 returners between the offensive and defensive side of the ball, and including basically the entire offensive line, which is going to be chock full of NFL stars after this year is over. Basically the entire secondary is back, too. Though that sounds like a good thing, we are still wary though, as we know that this unit struggled in a big time way in 2010 and 2011, and it will have to step it up in a big time way to be able to win this game against a game set of Cowboys.

Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma Free Picks^^: Now that this series is back to being in Norman this year, we really think that the Cowboys are going to be in for a real beating. The Sooners should be National Championship contenders this year, and this is the game that they are going to have to win to set themselves up to be in a position to get the job done. Jones and his experienced set of returners should be able to overwhelm Okie State in what will be the last home game for at least 11 (and potentially many more) of the team’s 22 starters. The Sooners take this by at least two touchdowns.

^^Disclaimer: Our college football picks by our sports blog writers are independent of those from our Expert NCAA Football Handicappers. All NCAA football odds and lines in our Top 25 are from the month of August, and those lines could and likely will change by the time the game kicks off.

You won’t want to miss our Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma picks when our expert college football handicappers have them posted on the week of 11/24/12.

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